My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the 6th book of the Chinook HockeyTeam Series -
And this series just keeps getting better and better - I'm not sure if this will be the last book of the series -I hope not. But it was a fun way to end a series ...
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS . . .
DOESN'T ALWAYS STAY THERE.
Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam Leclaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality and before she could say "pass the coffee" Sam was gone.Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn hasn't clapped eyes on the heart-breaking hockey superstar for over two years... until she organizes his teammate's "Special Day," where Sam makes a BIG play to pick up where he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?
Well this book has a lot of my favorites - First there's The Hockey - Sam is in a few of the other books and getting to know him was so much fun!
Next there is his 5 year old son, Conner - what a cutie he is!
Then there's a lot of other characters involved in weddings and pregnancies from previous books -
Sam - He flirted a lot with Chelsea in the last book :) Just to make Mark mad :) But it was all in fun. That's how Sam operated. Just a fun guy.
But he has a past, and every June 13th, his guilt and pain over come him. He drowns his sorrows in getting drunk and having sex -
That's why, 6 years earlier when Sam saw the redhead across the dance floor with one arm above her head and the other around her waist, he couldn't resist walking up behind her and placing his hands on her waist. Sure she put up a little fight, but there was something about her that drew Sam to her. And he didn't know what it was, but he was in need to forget his pain, so he didn't bother with the "why"
Autumn was lonely. She had just spent a couple years taking care of her sick mom until she passed away. Her brother was off fighting in the war and she didn't have anyone else around.
So she deserved this vacation to Vegas - but what she found there instead was more than she had on her "to do" list....
6 years later, Conner is Autumn's pride and joy, and her brother Vince is there to help her. But she remembers when she was alone after Sam left her, and alone when she was sick with her pregnancy. Alone giving birth, she had finally contacted Sam's Lawyer to tell him he had a son.
Although Sam took on the responsibility of making sure Autumn and Conner had enough money so they didn't have to struggle, he very seldom visited. Autumn ran her own successful Event Planning Business.Just so she knew she could take care of her son in case Sam wasn't around anymore.
The book starts off with Autumn putting on the wedding of Ty Savage and Faith Duffy. And of Course Sam will be there.. They hadn't seen each other in 2 years. Always Sam's Assistants picked up Conner and dropped him off. and Autumn was fine with that.
She hated him, she hated him so much, especially when he had to call and cancel his weekends with Conner, or when he broke a promise, she was always there to pick up the pieces.
But after awhile, she stopped hating him. She didn't love him anymore, she didn't feel anything for Sam. And that's the way she liked it.
When Sam dropped off Conner, he had gotten the many phone calls from Autumn. He knew she was angry they were late, but he didn't realize how worried she was.
After sending Conner into the house, she let him have it. She opened Sam's eyes up and got him to see how he was treating his son.
When she mentioned that Conner looked up to him and cried himself to sleep when Sam broke his promises or canceled out on his visitation.
And that broke Sam's heart. Out of everything she said to him, that was what stuck. His own father was a lousy dad, but he was great at his job.. just like Sam... but Sam knew better and needed to change things.
So Sam made it his priority to make seeing Conner and taking on his responsibilities. but he didnt' realize that seeing more of Conner, meant seeing more of Autumn ...
This was a good story. Autumn was so hurt from Vegas, she had a really hard time letting it go. She couldn't forgive or forget the pain she went through and being so scared. so she locked herself up tight and refused to let Sam back into her life.
Sam was happy with his life on the road with his Hockey. the Girls the drinking, but when he and Autumn started getting along, becoming friends, even though he didn't remember a whole lot from that trip to Vegas, he was starting to see why he was so attracted to her. She wasn't beautiful like the woman he usually dated, but she was attractive enough. But there was something there that made him all warm and fuzzy inside :)
Like I said I loved this story. It was cute with Conner asking all his 5 year old questions :)
I'm sad to see this series come to an end, but I'm now curious about Rachel Gibson's other books in her series now :)